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English noun: loosening

1. loosening (event) an occurrence of control or strength weakening

SamplesThe relaxation of requirements.
The loosening of his grip.
The slackening of the wind.

Synonymsrelaxation, slackening

Broader (hypernym)weakening

Narrower (hyponym)thaw

2. loosening (act) the act of making something less tight


Broader (hypernym)adjustment, alteration, modification

Narrower (hyponym)undoing, unfastening, untying


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